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Finding Aid for the Joseph Le Compte Davis Papers, 1899-1957
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Joseph Le Compte Davis (1864- ) was an assistant district attorney of Los Angeles county (1893-95). The collection consists of Davis' business and personal correspondence, legal materials, scrapbooks with newspaper clippings, photographs, greeting cards and other memorabilia.
Davis was born in Mercer County, Kentucky in 1864; received BL from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky in 1887; admitted to Kentucky bar in 1887, then moved west to practice law in Los Angeles; assistant district attorney of Los Angeles county, 1893-95; assisted Clarence Darrow in defense of John and James McNamara, accused of the bombing of the Los Angeles times building in 1910; assisted in defense of Darrow in 1912, when Darrow was accused of bribery in the McNamara case; defended Henry New, the illegitimate son of Senator Harry S. New of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
8 boxes (4 linear ft.) 4 oversize boxes
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